Greenwood Town Office work underway
Excavation for the new Greenwood Town Office got started this week, but tentative plans for a full, or even a half, basement have been scratched.
The new office will be a modular building located next to the Locke’s Mills Legion Hall. Selectboard Chairman Fred Henderson had advocated for spending a little extra money now for a full basement in order to give the townspeople of the future the option of using it for meeting space and storage.
But Code Enforcement Officer Joelle Corey-Whitman said at a board meeting last month that in order to do that, or even to use it for town storage space, an elevator would have to be installed to make it handicap accessible.
In the case of storage space, the accessibility requirement would still apply to ensure it would be available for any employee, she said.
The board decided to drop the plan because of the cost, and the building will instead be built on a concrete slab.
Henderson said he would have to be satisfied with knowing that he had at least tried to implement the basement idea.
The delivery date for the building is scheduled for Oct. 1. Road foreman Alan Seames is doing the excavation work at the site.
In other business this week, selectmen discussed what to do about complaints by residents of the Irish Neighborhood about their road.
At the Aug. 20 board meeting, a half dozen residents came to discuss the issue.
Maureen Herrick said the road was in such poor condition “you can’t drive down one side of it.” A 10-inch rock also sticks up from the pavement, she said.
She said she has had to put new tie rods and ball joints on her car.
She also said there were fallen trees encroaching on the road, and it is in need of ditching.
Herrick noted that 17 years ago, only four families lived on the road or on roads that branch off it, but now there are 19 year-round residences.
Resident Rod Harrington suggested selectmen have a look at the road and go at night. “In the headlights it looks like you’re running over mountains,” he said.
He estimated that the 37 residences that front the road pay a total of about $100,000 in taxes, and they should get more in return.
Herrick said Greenwood officials don’t see the road much because it is plowed under an arrangement with Bethel.
“We live in Greenwood, but we’re in Bethel,” she said.
Selectman Amy Chapman said the feedback was the first she had heard from anyone on the road, but acknowledged she had been on it and “it’s a mess. Unfortunately it’s not the only road that’s a mess.”
Sparks said the town’s road improvement plan calls for every five years approving a $500,000 bond for work.
“We have another two years before we go for another $500,000,” she said.
Chapman said the road should at least be ditched and any trees moved away.
After that meeting selectmen went to have a closer look for themselves.
On Tuesday they gave their assessments.
Arnie Jordan said he did not think the road was as bad as the residents had described.
Chapman agreed. "But it's bad," she said.
Seames said the road is on a list - along with others in town - for ditching.